By Fidelis Ebu
Members of House of Representatives were furious yesterday over the National Sports Commission’s inability to account for money allegedly disbursed to the Commission for capital projects, but there was no sign those projects were executed.
The angry members of House Committee on Sports were forced to adjourn sitting till next Tuesday for the Professor Taoheed Adedoja_led NSC and the management to put its records straight.
The Committee was told that from the N7.3 billion appropriated for the 2010, just N3.3 billion was released for its capital project that would have enhanced the Commission to embark on the construction of the planned 20 mini stadia in the rural areas across the country for grassroots development.
The Committee led Bello Suleiman discovered discrepancies and inadequacies in the document forwarded by the NSC. And a member of the House Sports Committee, Emmanuel Deeyah raised an alarm that it was full of falsehood.
“There is no truth in this document”, Emmanuel Deeyah thundered. “From your (Professor Adedoja’s) presentation, the sum of N680 million was appropriated for the 17th National Sports Festival, and the sum of N622 million has been spent from your record here.
There is also the sum of N127 million for the national sports federation that has been drawn from the account as well as N112 million for technical consulting for LOC. No. There is something fishing somewhere, and the officials of the economic and financial crimes commission must look into this document”, Emmanuel Deeyah said.
Contributing, Gbenga Elegbeleye noted that there were lots of discrepancies in the NSC 2010 budget defence document.
“How can we reconcile the infusion of event of 2009 in the 2010 budget defence. I remember very well that the LOC was for the 2009 Fifa Under_17 World Cup; how come it is appearing in the 2010 budget defence after that tournament had been taken care of?” curious Gbenga Elegbeleye asked.
Elegbeleye worried that the non_execution of the planned projects in the rural areas could adversely their primaries in their bid to return to the House, noted that the findings of the Committee members in their over_sight function inspection visit to some of the rural areas revealed that nothing was done and no sign of anything being prepared to be executed in the designated areas.
The embittered Suleiman said “it was strange to see a baby when as a matter of fact there was no sign of pregnancy in the woman in question.
“We are all aware that the 17th National Sports Festival has been postponed till about June, but from the record here, the sum of N622 million from the N680 million appropriated for it has been received and spent. And there is another N122 million as technical consultancy for the LOC; I mean this record is not clean; it must be looked into properly”, Bello Suleiman said.
The already fidgeting Adedoja, who had told the Committee that the delay in releasing the required funds had stall all the capital projects the Commission had earmarked to embark upon, however asked for time to enable him put his document in order.
Suleiman however granted the request and adjourned sitting to next Tuesday.